STACK OF GOODNESS ON A PRECIPITOUS DAY

Call me what you wish. When dark clouds cascade the skies and there’s a threat of rain, I think of food. So, despite the gloomy forecast for the day, I laced up my walking shoes and managed to  break a sweat on my jogging trail.

As I dodged raindrops, I smiled. One major thing was on my mind. It was a healthy and wholesome stack of pancakes. When I got back to base, I fired up my skillet and made a free-flow batter with these ingredients:

  • whole wheat flour/sprinkle of all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • old-fashioned oats
  • leftover roasted pumpkin
  • over ripened banana
  • powdered ginger
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • melted butter
  • olive oil
  • a sprinkle of salt
  • dollop of sour cream
  • splash of vanilla
  • egg

Topped my pancakes with some fresh blueberries in a circle. With the drizzle of a little light syrup, my golden cakes were ready to be devoured. They were like sunshine on my cloudy and precipitous day.

 

 

 

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SUGAR-FREE POPSICLES

Needed something to quench summer’s thirst. Didn’t have to venture far. Thanks to the refreshing and super-sweet fruits of summer I was able to satisfy and temper the sizzling temperatures.

I was happy to turn to my little stash of surplus fruits in the freezer. Secured them at a relatively inexpensive rate when there was a glut on the market. Those wholesome fruits were just perfect for the picking.

  • pineapple
  • mango
  • blueberries

Needed no added sugar as my fruits were loaded with enough natural one. Also added:

  • lime juice
  • ginger root
  • over-ripened banana

Placed all ingredients in a standing blender with a splash of cold water and blended and pureed my summer fruits to a refreshing finish. This was placed in popsicle holders and set. Felt like a kid in a candy store as I beamed with excitement with my choices.

 

 

POLENTA (TURNED CORNMEAL) WITH TWIST

Got a little excited. And, when I do, culinary storms are liable to develop. First, it started out with my fresh, nutritious, and satiating coconut. It was a good one; full of creamy goodness. It brought back island (Jamaican) memories. Decided to use a portion of nature’s milk in a polenta (turned cornmeal) dish.20160804_083037

FRESH COCONUT MILK WITH HUSK
FRESH COCONUT MILK WITH HUSK

As polenta simmered under low heat, a few leftover loose corn bits were tossed in. These still carried a crispy bite.  At the end of cooking process, an input of assorted sharp cheddar cheese was added. This slowly melted and became part of this mouth-watering dish. Already, I was salivating.

But, I wasn’t  finished just yet. I had a sweet contrast taste in mind. I placed my delectable polenta (tun cornmeal) even over the top by adding dices of roasted pumpkin. Now, that was an excellent choice.

PUMPKIN FOR ROASTING
PUMPKIN FOR ROASTING

ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO #COCONUT MILK

I’m in a state of elation. Once again, Mother Nature has bestowed one of her wholesome foods. It too me a virtually less than ten minutes to extract these creamy and nutritious dices of coconut from the hard husk.

With a few bangs with a hammer, I was able to open the husk. Out came a refreshing gush of water which I guzzled down. Took a knife and then removed the creamy goodness. Will be tossing these in my standing blender with water and blend to a milky finish.

I can foresee  milk for many dishes.

GREEN EGGS WITHOUT THE HAM

I certainly didn’t miss the ham in my breakfast dish. And, thinking about it, Dr. Seuss would also approve. You see, I went with a couple of cage-free eggs and made a delightful and creamy scrabble with same.

In order to get the green contrast, I used up leftover kale/parsley pesto from a previous meal. After eggs were slowly cooked over low heat, kale/parsley pesto was folded in. In addition, a light sprinkle of cheddar cheese was added along with a pinch of salt and black pepper.